Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Gonzalo Garza. Mr. Garza enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 1944 and served in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He was called up again and shipped to the Korean Conflict where he earned a purple heart. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant.
8:30 – 8:50 am – Staging
8:50 am – Briefing
9:00 am – Flag Line
Wx: Hi 92 deg, mostly sunny.
Notes: After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and relocate to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin where we await the procession’s arrival and form a flag line for the interment service.
10 Patriot Guard Riders attended the flag line at St. Helens Catholic Church in honor of Marine Gonzalo Garza. We were honored to be joined my A 32 year veteran Marine SgtMajor who was instrumental in the founding of the Patriot Guard and also happened to have Mr. Garza as a teacher when he was in grade school. Once the Mass started, we quietly departed. 5 members who stood the flag line reassembled at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin to render honors at the burial service. Thanks to all who attended this fairly long and very hot mission.